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How is forgiveness defined in Buddhism?

You said, "Forgiveness means if anybody do some harm to you you don't react and just try to pretend like it never happened to you." This is called "Kshanti-paramita", the perfection of patience. In ...
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Computers and Buddhist monks, offering computer to monk makes bad karma to both monk and donor?

In western monasteries isn't not uncommon for monks to use computers to teach the dhamma online or write books. However, a monk wont own the computer, you'll be giving the computer to the sangha. ...
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How do Buddhists justify or explain that monks and/or temples amass and use wealth?

One should feel pity for those ignorant monks for they're sowing some very bad seeds for their future's well-being: Bhikkhus, there are these five themes that should often be reflected upon by a ...
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How are there good overweight monks?

A well-known monk with a bodily disorder was the deceased Bhikkhu Buddhadasa, who was given all kinds of diets when he was alive. Buddhadasa was fat most of his life. However, for example, some ...
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Does being a lay Buddhist have any advantages over a Monk?

There is the case of Ghaṭīkāra, who was asked: MN81:11.2: ‘Dear Ghaṭīkāra, you have heard this teaching, so why don’t you go forth from the lay life to homelessness?’ Ghaṭīkāra responded: MN81:11.3:...
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How to know if someone has achieved nirvana?

You'll only know other's achievement of nirvana if and only if you've achieved nirvana yourself. It is the same as real life, if you've not reached the same level as your opponent in the same field, ...
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How to know if someone has achieved nirvana?

In MN 112 Chabbisodanasuttaṃ, Buddha explained about how to make sure that someone has truly achieved nibbana. There are some Q&S that need to be asked to the person.
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Why do Buddhism monk hits people in the head?

I don't think it's a usual practice. I found this explanation online: A monk who was seen forcefully hitting temple-goers' heads with a bundle of dried grass has defended the unorthodox practice, ...
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How are there good overweight monks?

I think it’s possible to eat in moderation and be overweight. I’m not saying it’s possible to become overweight, but rather, to maintain your excess weight. Two factors come to mind: 1) monks don’t ...
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Why do we need to work?

If you can attain the real peace of meditation, it is like becoming a millionaire. Since you have so much knowledge, who can easily get a job and earn a living, you can consider taking a holiday for ...
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Would a skin condition stop someone becoming a monk?

Previous lifestyle & herpes should not prevent a person from becoming a monk. If your friend wants to become a monk, he should talk to a monk at the temple.
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Receiving blessings for a baby at a temple

The Supreme Buddha has said that each and everyone should be responsible for good and bad one does. According to this we can imagine the plight of this monk (I should not be calling him a disciple of ...
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Prohibitions against eating certain animals?

Page 308 of The Patimokkha Rules Translated & Explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: The Mahavagga (Mv.VI.23.9-15) forbids ten kinds of flesh: that of human beings, elephants, horses, dogs, snakes, ...
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Buddhist monks give advice for lay life

In the same vein as ChrisW's answer, I would ask you, "You and I live different lives. I do not live your life. Is it appropriate for me to give advice?" The answer is generally "yes," especially ...
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Do you have to become a Monk to attain enlightment?

A lay person can realize Nibbana in a very short period of time(In few years or even in a shorter period of time) If s/he practise mindfulness all day long with effort. Even a very young lay person ...
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How to disconnect family life & become monk?

MN82 discusses the drawbacks faced by Raṭṭhapāla when expressing a desire to go forth: Please give me permission to go forth.” When he said this, Raṭṭhapāla’s parents said to him, “But, dear ...
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Why do we need to work?

I am a software engineer. Is it shameful if I became a monk throwing away all the knowledge that I have accumulated all these years(more than a decade). In my previous years, I was amused by ...
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Does being a lay Buddhist have any advantages over a Monk?

To answer simply the question: No, being (doing) a lay Buddhist has NOT any advantage over a (doing) Monk who is gone forth, as far as following the Dhamma path to Nirvana is concerned.
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Does being a lay Buddhist have any advantages over a Monk?

It is truly difficult to follow the path when being a lay person, just see how difficult it is to observe the 5 precepts as a lay person. You will find it much easier to follow the path with people ...
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Buddhism Open Activities for all communities

Your question is valid, and you thought it is related to Buddhism, but actually it's not. In some Muslim majority countries like Malaysia, it is illegal to proselytize or convert Muslims to other ...
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A question regarding the level of worldly participation for a buddhist monk

As a Zen Monk I can answer the question regarding worldly participation in the following way. There is no definitive suggestion or rule within the Monastic Code of a Mahayana Monk. A Monk or Nun has ...
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Should Lay Buddhists Teach the Dhamma?

The Buddha's opinion: 'I shall not pass into final Nirvana until the lay-men and lay-women are accomplished and well-trained, learned and erudite, knowers of the Dhamma, living by Dhamma and walking ...
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How to know if someone has achieved nirvana?

I am also a sri lankan and i know your topic. I am just suggesting you to follow what he preeches for sometime and then come into a conclusion by yourself. If you feel there's something in what he ...
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Must Lay Arahants become Buddhist Monks?

If and when a lay-follower attains arahant-ship, he or she has to either enter the Order that very day or else must attain parinibbàna. This is a Dhammata. This is conformity to the Dhammaniyāma – a ...
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How to memorize suttas?

The best way to "memorize" suttas is to get the key idea or sanna of the given sutta. It is the “learning” of true dhamma and not “memorization” that will help in the retention of key phrases. For ...
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Sutta References on Future Monks

In the future, Ananda, there will be clan-members [(religious) lineage members] who are “yellow-necks,” immoral, of bad nature. People will give them gifts for the sake of the sangha. Even then, ...
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How does a forest-dwelling dhutanga practitioner get food?

The page you linked for āraññika dhutaṅga seems to already have an answer: A "forest monastery" is a monastery situated at least 500 (curved) bows lengths from the doorstep of a house ...
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Buddhist monks give advice for lay life

Would you say that it is appropriate Yes. This book, for example, shows there's a whole bookful of advice in the suttas for laypeople -- and that (whole bookful) is without even trying to customise ...
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Buddhist monks give advice for lay life

The Pali suttas provided relationship advice, which is basically the same as modern professional relationship advice of sociologists & psychologists. Monks should give relationship advice from the ...
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